California recorded its highest average daily number of cases since the beginning of the Thanksgiving outbreak. The average seven-day cases in the state reached 14,320 on November 26, according to Johns Hopkins University.
On the same day, Californians were spotted celebrating Thanksgiving at restaurants in Pasadena, the only city in Los Angeles County where outdoor dining has resumed. A recent district health order banned personal eating, but the city has its own health department, so it is not required to comply.
Some people reportedly traveled several miles to reach Pasadena to dine at one of the city’s restaurants.
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The travel and food blogger is celebrating his 30th birthday, as well as Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio in Pasadena. “It was nice to have a party outside and be with people and feel the warmth of others.”
Louisa Prouti told Fox 11 Los Angeles: “We decided to go out [for Thanksgiving] and just be the four of us this year. Quite different from previous years. “She usually celebrates with a large extended family group,” she said, but this year she travels from West Covina to Pasadena.
Her husband, Rudy, remarked, “It’s important – we’re all just happy to go out and the weather was good. And the restaurant was good and the food was good.”
Their son Spencer added: “It’s refreshing – it’s good to go out more, especially when we’re at school for four hours online.”
Denis Paleski told ABC 7: “There are not many open seats. I had to call several places to find two of them and you had to make reservations.” She added: “We came in because this is the only place that is open outside.”
The health order, which is in effect elsewhere in Los Angeles County, prohibits eating in restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars from 10pm Local time on Wednesday. The restriction will be in effect for three weeks and has been issued as the number of new infections has reached “alarming levels,” according to Los Angeles County Public Health.
Long Beach is the only other town in the county that has its own health department, but has also banned personal eating.
Earlier this week, Pasadena City Council unanimously decided to keep open dining options open. Case numbers will be monitored daily and decisions will be made accordingly, the council announced from Fox 11 in Los Angeles.
The city plans to deploy health inspectors to enforce social distancing rules and check that restaurants do not allow large gatherings, NBC Los Angeles reported earlier this week.
The average length of seven-day confirmed cases in Pasadena has been rising since early November, after remaining almost for most of the outbreak since late March, according to the latest report from the Pasadena Public Health Department.
In Los Angeles County, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations (including confirmed and suspected patients) and confirmed COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit has risen sharply since early November, according to Los Angeles County Public Health.
The total number of confirmed cases in California exceeded 1.1 million, with 19,206 deaths as of Friday, according to John Hopkins. The average daily incidence in the state has risen sharply since mid-October, after declining since mid-August.
The daily number of cases in California is expected to reach about 34,370 by Christmas and exceed 40,000 by the New Year if there is “continued easing of the social distancing mandate and if the mandates are not re-imposed,” according to the Institute for Health Indicators and Evaluation. at the University of Washington.
The bigger picture
The new coronavirus has infected more than 61.1 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.
More than 1.4 million people have died worldwide and more than 39.1 million have recovered by Friday, according to John Hopkins.
The graph below, prepared by Statista, shows the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the United States